Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Iverson's 58 helps 76ers beat Houston

14-14 from the charity stripe

By The Associated Press

Houston's Steve Francis watches Allen Iverson drive to the basket.
(AP photo)
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        PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson scored a career-high 58 points, the most in an NBA game in almost two years and the fourth-highest total in team history, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 112-106 in overtime Tuesday night.

        Iverson shot 21-of-42 and made all 14 of his free throws for his seventh 50-point game, including two in the playoffs. It was the fifth 50-point game in the NBA this season, coming one night after Kobe Bryant scored 56 in just three quarters for the Los Angeles Lakers.

        Iverson's previous career-high was 54, accomplished twice. The franchise record is 68 points by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.

        Cuttino Mobley scored 25 points to lead the Rockets.

        Bucks 106, Pacers 102

INDIANAPOLIS — Tim Thomas scored 25 points and Sam Cassell and Ray Allen each had 23 as Milwaukee held off a late rally.

        The Bucks led by as many as 20 in the second half and by 15 early in the fourth before going nearly 4 1/2 minutes without a basket. That allowed the Pacers, playing without Reggie Miller (ejected) and Jermaine O'Neal (injured), to climb back.

        With the Bucks clinging to a 104-102 lead and 3.2 seconds left, Jalen Rose, who finished with 26 points, missed a free throw. The Bucks grabbed the rebound to clinch the win.

        Miller added 24 before he was ejected midway through the fourth quarter.

        Raptors 92, Pistons 90

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Vince Carter scored 24 points, including a game-tying dunk with 2:26 remaining and two go-ahead free throws with 13.4 seconds left for Toronto.

        Jerry Stackhouse scored a season-high 38 for Detroit, which has lost 13 of 16. Detroit's Cliff Robinson missed a long shot as time ran out.

        Mavericks 116, Hawks 107

ATLANTA — Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points and Dallas tied a franchise record with 18 3-pointers.

        Atlanta got a career-best 46 points from Jason Terry, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Hawks' fourth straight loss.

        Nowitzki eclipsed his regular-season high of 38 points, though he fell short of a 42-point effort in a playoff game at San Antonio last season. Nowitzki was 6-of-15 from 3-point range.

        Leon Smith, the former first-round pick who signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks, didn't play against his former team even though Atlanta had only 10 players in uniform.

        Timberwolves 97, Clippers 83

MINNEAPOLIS — Wally Szczerbiak scored 21 points, and Minnesota won its ninth straight game.

        Kevin Garnett added 18 points for Minnesota, which has the second-longest winning streak of its 13-year history. The Timberwolves reeled off 11 consecutive victories last season from Jan. 17-Feb. 7.

        Joe Smith, playing for the first time in nine games because of a bruised left calf, scored 17 points for the Timberwolves.

        Darius Miles had several acrobatic dunks among his 18 points for the Clippers (19-20), who finished a six-game road trip at 1-5.

        Spurs 96, Wizards 91

WASHINGTON — Tim Duncan came back from a 1-for-12 start to score 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for San Antonio.

        After the Wizards cut it to 93-91 on Hubert Davis' 3-point with 9.2 seconds left, Antonio Daniels hit the second of two free throws for a 94-91 lead with 8.6 seconds remaining.

        Michael Jordan passed the ball after being double-teamed, and Chris Whitney missed a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. Duncan added a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds left as the Spurs snapped a two-game losing streak.

        Hubert Davis led Washington with a season-high 22 points, and Jordan struggled for 20 points on 5-for-21 shooting.

        Hornets 94, Bulls 86

CHICAGO — David Wesley tied his season-high with 26 points and Baron Davis added 16 points and 11 assists for Charlotte.

        Marcus Fizer made things interesting in the last minute, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Chicago to 90-86 with 17 seconds left. But Wesley, who had 11 points in the fourth quarter, made four free throws to seal the victory.

        George Lynch, making his season debut after missing the first 36 games with a broken foot, was scoreless in five minutes.

        Ron Artest led the Bulls with 22, and Fizer added 16 points and 10 rebounds.


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